Energy Efficiency Improvements for Commercial Real Estate

Energy Efficiency Improvements for the Healthcare Industry

Energy Efficiency Improvements for the Hospitality & Food Service Industries

Energy Efficiency Improvements for Manufacturers

Energy Efficiency Improvements for Retailers

Energy Efficiency Improvements for Educational Facilities

Energy Efficiency Improvements for Institutions of Higher Learning

Energy Efficiency Improvements for Congregations

Energy Efficiency Improvements for Charitable Organizations

Energy Efficiency Improvements for Child Care Providers

Making energy-efficiency improvements to child care facilities can save money on energy and reduce maintenance costs, leaving more money for programs.


Energy Efficiency Improvements for Government Facilities

TNMP Government Incentive

Energy Efficiency Improvements for Educational Facilities

TNMP Educational Incentive

Energy Efficiency Improvements for Nonprofit Organizations

As a nonprofit, every penny counts. Upgrading your lighting, heating, air conditioning, power for office equipment and other energy consuming equipment can significantly reduce your annual energy and maintenance expenses.

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Did You Know...
Energy use is around one-third of a typical operating budget for a commercial real estate property.

Commercial office buildings account for 20 percent of annual greenhouse gas emissions in the U.S.

These buildings waste up to 33 percent of the energy they consume.

(Source: ENERGY STAR®)
For-profit hospitals, medical offices and nursing homes can increase their earnings per share by a penny when they reduce energy costs by just 5 percent.

Hospitals receive $20 and medical offices $10 in new revenues for every dollar they save on energy.

(Source: ENERGY STAR®)
Every year American hotels spend $2,196 per available room on energy.

HVAC and food preparation comprise 63 percent of total energy used in a restaurant.

(Source: ENERGY STAR®)
Energy costs for industrial facilities in the U.S. total $94.4 billion per year.

Industrial facilities are responsible for 28 percent of U.S. greenhouse gas emissions.

(Source: ENERGY STAR®)
Retail companies spend around $20 billion per year on energy.

A retailer can boost sales per square foot by $25 by reducing energy costs by 10 percent.

(Source: U.S. Small Business Administration)
The least energy-efficient educational facilities use three times as much energy than the best energy performers.

(Source: ENERGY STAR®)
School districts in the U.S. spend around $6 billion dollars per year on energy.

(Source: ENERGY STAR®)
Colleges and universities spend almost $2 billion annually on energy.

(Source: ENERGY STAR®)
If every house of worship in the U.S. reduced its energy use by 10 percent, more than 1.3 million tons of greenhouse gas emissions would be prevented.

(Source: ENERGY STAR®)
Office buildings waste up to 33 percent of the energy they consume.

(Source: ENERGY STAR®)
Government buildings waste nearly 33 percent of the energy they consume.

Government agencies spend more than $10 billion on energy to meet public service needs.

(Source: ENERGY STAR®)
School districts in the U.S. waste as much as 30 percent of the energy they consume.

(Source: ENERGY STAR®)
Energy use represents the single largest operating expense in an office property.

(Source: ENERGY STAR®)

Incentives are available for:

  • Lighting: HIDs, Fluorescents, LEDs
  • Lighting Controls
  • Chillers
  • Motors
  • Variable Frequency Drive (VFD)
  • Window Film
  • Roofing
  • M&V
  • Solar PV

If you own or operate a multifamily residence, commercial property or industrial facility, then you are well aware of how costly energy can be. And if any part of the building has outdated ductwork or poorly functioning insulation, for example, the wasted energy can create a massive cost burden for the building owner. Fortunately, there are practical ways to improve energy performance, lower operating costs, increase property value and improve the comfort of your buildings.

TNMP's Commercial Solutions Program connects you with the resources to make significant energy improvements with substantial returns on your investment. An on-site assessment from a program administrator will help you to better understand your building's energy consumption patterns and measure your potential energy savings. This administrator will also identify opportunities for building improvements, such as replacing insulation and other inefficient equipment, to extend the life of your energy systems and create a comfortable environment for all occupants.

You can use this information to reduce peak electricity demand and lower your annual energy costs.
Every year, healthcare organizations spend approximately $8.8 billion to meet their energy needs. For hospitals, medical centers and senior care facilities, saving energy can have a significant impact on asset value and new revenues. Developing and implementing an energy management strategy for your healthcare organization can generate deep savings for a healthier bottom line.

TNMP's Commercial Solutions Program offers access to on-site energy use assessments, identification of energy-saving opportunities and financial incentives to offset the cost of eligible energy-saving upgrades in healthcare facilities. By making low-cost and no-cost energy improvements, healthcare facilities can realize substantial cost savings, which can be re-invested for continued operational improvement.
Managing energy costs is challenging for hospitality and food service facilities. Restaurants use approximately 5 to 7 times more energy per square foot than other commercial buildings, says the U.S. Department of Energy. For hotels, energy comprises 6 percent of all operating costs. Opportunities to reduce energy consumption and lower peak demand can translate into significant cost savings for the hospitality and food service industries.

TNMP's Commercial Solutions Program sets you up with an energy advisor who will identify energy-saving projects and evaluate the impact of current energy upgrades. These recommendations will enable you to make smart energy decisions that improve the health of your buildings, enhance comfort and positively impact your bottom line. Financial incentives available through this program help to offset the cost of eligible energy improvements in your facilities and kick-start projects that have been proven to generate a return on investment.
Prioritizing energy management can significantly impact operating costs for manufacturing and industrial facilities. This sector is especially challenged to meet energy needs and handle the costs associated with keeping facilities functioning at optimal performance. By implementing energy-efficient and renewable energy technologies, manufacturing facilities can drastically lower their energy costs and use the savings to continue investing in improvements.

Thanks to TNMP's Commercial Solutions Program, there are practical no-cost and low-cost ways to reduce peak demand, lower annual energy consumption and realize both short- and long-term cost savings. An administrator with TNMP will help you identify the most cost-effective energy improvements for your facilities and provide you access to incentives for new and existing buildings. These incentives make it easier for you to invest in cost-impacting energy upgrades to lighting, heating, cooling, building envelope systems and more.
As a retailer, you can maintain a competitive advantage in the market by achieving optimal energy performance on your properties. Without an aggressive energy management strategy, energy costs can spiral out of control with devastating effects to your bottom line. Fortunately, small but sustained reductions in energy consumption can translate into substantial cost savings for a retail company.

An energy advisor with TNMP's Commercial Solutions Program will start by offering you an on-site energy use assessment. The results of this assessment will show you when and where your building is using energy and how efficiently. You can use this information to guide your energy management strategy. Most importantly, the energy advisor will seek opportunities for you to lower your energy costs, such as switching out inefficient bulbs with energy-saving ones. Incentives are available for eligible projects, making it faster and easier for you to start saving money on energy.
It's never too early to start teaching kids the value of energy efficiency. If you work in a daycare or preschool, then you know just how precious student well-being is. If your students spend the day in an environment with unhealthy indoor air, they can have problems concentrating and face health risks. Luckily, there are ways for childcare centers to take control of the health of their buildings. Making energy-saving upgrades, adopting renewable energy technologies and installing equipment with minimal environmental impact can have a positive impact on your students.

TNMP's SCORE Program offers energy benchmarking, master planning, technical assistance, financing resources and public relations support to daycares and preschools. A program administrator can conduct an on-site assessment of your facility to analyze your energy consumption patterns and look for opportunities for projects that will impact your energy costs. When you save energy, you also become eligible for incentives through the SCORE program.
Every year in the U.S., K-12 schools spend more money on energy than they do on textbooks and computers combined, says the U.S. Department of Energy. In light of budget crunches, managing an energy strategy may not seem like a priority. But the impact of reducing energy costs can be significant, returning cost savings that can be reinvested into educational improvements.

TNMP's SCORE Program provides K-12 schools with energy benchmarking, master planning, technical assistance, financing resources and public relations support. These services make it easier for schools to make the energy upgrades and building improvements that have positive impacts on students and on expenses.
For institutions of higher education, there is more to success than managing budgets. Achieving optimal energy performance can return significant, long-lasting cost savings to colleges and universities. Approaching energy management with a strategic view is crucial for colleges and universities, and doing so can lower energy bills by more than 30 percent. Taking control of your energy usage by adopting energy-efficient technologies and practices to can position your institution as an energy leader.

TNMP's SCORE Program supplies higher education institutions with energy benchmarking, master planning, technical assistance, financing resources and public relations services. These offerings make it easier for higher education facilities to improve their energy performance and reduce their energy costs. The savings can be re-invested into the student body or into additional energy improvements. SCORE also rewards energy-smart actions with incentives based on the amount of energy saved.
Most houses of worship can reduce energy consumption by 30 percent by adopting a strategic and committed approach to energy efficiency. Making energy-saving technology upgrades, switching out old lighting and tuning up HVAC systems can impact a congregation's budget considerably, allowing the organization to focus more time and resources on its mission.

TNMP's CitySmart Program provides energy benchmarking, master planning, technical assistance, financing resources and public relations services to congregations who are looking to reduce energy waste and lower their utility bills. Starting with an on-site assessment of the house of worship, an authorized energy expert will evaluate current energy consumption, identify opportunities for cost-impacting energy efficiency projects and provide information about incentives - also offered through CitySmart - that offset the cost of implementing energy improvements.
Corporate responsibility and transparency are two pillars of success for charitable organizations. To achieve both, it is necessary to consider the impact of your organization's energy usage on the environment and on the community. If your facility has inefficient equipment that wastes energy, this waste can be harmful to employees, clients and the surrounding environment. Fortunately, there are several no-cost and low-cost ways to reduce energy usage and save money in the process.

TNMP's CitySmart Program provides charitable organizations with the expertise to make cost-impact energy improvements. An authorized energy expert starts by conducting an on-site assessment of your facility to assess energy usage and find opportunities to reduce energy consumption. This person can help you decide which energy-saving projects, such as weatherization and replacement roofing, make the most sense for your facility. CitySmart also offers incentives to help offset the cost of implementing eligible energy-efficient technologies. Energy benchmarking, master planning, technical assistance, financing resources and public relations services are also available for charitable organizations.
For government agencies in the U.S., annual dollars spent on energy soar into the billions. And as they struggle to allocate budgets, those in the governmental sector are even harder-pressed to find ways to lower their operating costs. Luckily, there are numerous ways for government agencies to reduce their annual energy consumption, lower peak demand and achieve significant cost savings.

TNMP's CitySmart Program helps government agencies implement energy-saving improvements that drive down operating costs and enhance comfort for building occupants. Incentives for roofing, HVAC and lighting upgrades help to offset the cost of eligible building improvements. A more comfortable building with better indoor air quality also makes for a better, healthier environment for government employees and the people they serve.
Amid tightening budgets and urgent priorities, educators may not have the time to focus on managing energy consumption in the schools where they work. Selecting energy-saving light fixtures and replacing inefficient HVAC systems are just a few of the ways you can reduce your energy costs, improve indoor air quality and make your school a more productive learning environment.

Now is the time to take control of the health and comfort of your students, while teaching them the value of saving energy and being accountable for their energy choices.TNMP's SCORE Program awards incentives based on the combined kilowatt & kilowatt-hour savings achieved through eligible projects at your school. The more energy efficient your school becomes, the greater the incentives offered. SCORE also provides energy benchmarking, master planning, technical assistance, financing resources and public relations support to schools that want to make the shift toward smarter energy choices.
Nonprofit organizations have to pay close attention to every dollar they spend. A smart way to achieve cost savings and free up funds for projects that support the nonprofit's mission is to investing in energy efficiency. Not only does energy efficiency reduce the cost of energy, but it also shows the public that you are committed to sustainable and responsible energy choices.

TNMP offers energy management services to help nonprofits reduce their energy costs with two programs.

  1. Open for organizations with a peak demand of 100 kW or less
  2. Commercial Solutions for larger organizations

An on-site assessment from an authorized energy expert will show you when and where you are consuming energy and highlight opportunities to make cost-impacting energy improvements. Incentives for energy-saving projects, such as replacement roofing, HVAC and lighting upgrades, help to offset the cost of implementing the improvements. Energy benchmarking, master planning, technical assistance, financing resources and public relations services are also offered through CitySmart.

For additional information about commercial real estate from ENERGY STAR® click here.
For additional information about healthcare facilities from ENERGY STAR® click here.
For additional information about hospitality facilities from ENERGY STAR® click here. For additional information about food service facilities from ENERGY STAR® click here.
For additional information about industrial and manufacturing facilities from ENERGY STAR® click here.
For additional information about retail facilities from ENERGY STAR® click here.
For additional information about K-12 facilities from ENERGY STAR® click here.
For additional information about higher education facilities from ENERGY STAR® click here.
For additional information about congregational facilities from ENERGY STAR® click here.

For more information about government facilities from ENERGY STAR® click here.

Would you like assistance identifying improvements that yield the greatest results?

Program representatives are available to conduct a free, no obligation site assessment and help you identify projects that will meet your energy efficiency and financial goals. Click here to contact a TNMP energy efficiency program representative.

CitySmart is available to city, state and federal government customers within TNMP's electric service territory. The Program provides cash incentives for eligible projects. A detailed on-site assessment from an authorized program representative provides insight into current energy consumption patterns and identifies opportunities for energy-saving measures. Typical measures include lighting, HVAC and roofing. Participants can also receive non-cash benefits, such as energy benchmarking, master planning, technical assistance, financing resources and public relations support.

The incentive for eligible energy efficiency measures are as follows:

Lighting $100 $0.02
Type B & C LED Tubes $100 $0.02
LEDs1 $160 $0.03
HVAC DX $165 $0.04
Chiller $185 $0.04
Motors2 $150 $0.03
VFD2 $100 $0.02
Window Film2 $50 $0.02
Roofing2 $150 $0.04
Solar PV3 $185 $0.04
Other $150 $0.03
Measure $/kW $/kWh
  • 1 DLC approved Retrofit Kit or Luminaire only
  • 2 Retrofit projects only
  • 3 Additional incentive for Small SCORE does not apply to solar

CitySmart Executive Summary

Download the Program Manual
Incentives are available to cities, counties and select state agencies that are served by a TNMP electric meter.

Click here to view a list of cities and counties in the service area.
Project Process


  • Sign the enrollment agreement, which formally enrolls the partner into one of TNMP's programs, authorizes CLEAResult to perform a walkthrough assessment and allows TNMP to pay incentives to the partner


  • CLEAResult documents & verifies existing equipment before removal. New construction projects must have construction drawings submitted for estimated savings calculations
  • Estimated incentive is calculated off existing equipment; if equipment isn't pre-inspected prior to removal, the program cannot incentivize the project


  • Confirm the timeline and project scope provided in incentive application (NOTE: Incentive funds are not guaranteed upon project completion without an approved incentive application)
  • CLEAResult performs preliminary incentive & energy savings calculations


  • Partner implements project & notifies CLEAResult of any scope changes
  • Partner notifies CLEAResult upon project completion


  • CLEAResult documents & verifies new equipment installation
  • CLEAResult finalizes incentives & energy savings


  • TNMP issues check to partner (takes approximately 4-6 weeks). (NOTE: Incentive check is a live check made to the attention of the person who signed the participation agreement - it is not a discount on your monthly bill.)
The Program Agreements, Equipment Survey Forms and other relevant forms are available for downloading from the following links. Please note that these files are available for viewing and printing as Microsoft® Excel® files or Adobe® PDF documents (which are available for viewing and printing only with Adobe Acrobat Reader®.)

Program Documents

Program Resources

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